Monday, December 5: COVID Tests in Stock

Thank you for your patience as we help ODH distribute tests in our community.  Covid tests are currently in stock.
When does the library receive tests?

Tests are provided through Ohio Department of Health.  We order tests as our supplies run out, but do not get any delivery information; we never know when the next order will arrive until the tests actually show up.

How do I know when the library has tests available?

Go to www.kentfreelibrary.org and look for the first article under Library News below the slider image. The article heading will note if tests are in stock or out of stock. Due to the high volume of Covid-test related phone calls, we appreciate that you do not call.

If the library doesn’t have tests, who does?

Other libraries in the area, including Reed Memorial in Ravenna and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library also receive rapid tests, as do the Portage County Health District  and the Kent Health Department. These locations don’t always have tests in stock; when they receive a shipment, they are all distributed within hours. It is best to check their website or Facebook page for updates regarding availability.

While testing supply chains are challenged, over-the-counter rapid testing kits can still be purchased at many locations, such as pharmacies and grocery stores, and some insurance plans cover the cost, including Medicare and Medicaid. You can request free tests to be shipped to your home from the United States Postal Service.  Testing is also available at many urgent care locations, community health centers, retail locations, and pop-up sites. The ODH website features a searchable map of testing locations.

When tests are available, how do I pick them up?

Tests may only be picked up at the drive-through window. Tests may not be reserved.  Please wear a mask when picking up tests. Do not come into the library. 

How many tests can I get?

The ODH has instructed locations to limit to no more than two tests at a time; each OTC kit includes 2 tests, so you will receive one box.

How do I take the test? 

The tests currently available are un-proctored/over-the-counter (OTC) tests.  OTC tests:

  1. Do not require a telehealth session; they are conducted at home and are for personal use.
  2. Do not produce a documented result that can be used for travel, to return or stay in school, or be released from quarantine in Ohio.
  3. May include TWO tests per test kit.

Who can help me if I have questions?

Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist with these tests.  The test kit contains directions. For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.

The expiration date on my test has passed–is it still good?

The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days. Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.

How do I get a vaccine or a booster?

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 11:00 am: Deck Your Diorama!

Families with children in grades K-8 are invited to design and construct their own holiday or winter themed diorama! Enjoy a morning together at the library creating a festive scene using a variety of craft supplies. Please bring your own shoe box if you are able. One diorama per family. Registration is required and begins one week in advance. Space is limited.

Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 pm: DIY Hot Cocoa for Teens

Students in grades 6-8 are invited to join us while we jazz up regular hot chocolate with an array of different mix-ins and see what combination is your favorite! Registration is required and begins one week in advance. Space is limited.

Thursday, Dec. 1: Season’s Readings: Winter Reading Program Begins

Celebrate the winter by reading! Youth from birth to age 17 are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program! Participants may visit the library to pick up a Winter Reading Record. Each record has strips of paper for you to write the titles of books you read between December 1, 2022 and March 3, 2023. Fill in your name and phone number on the back of the slips of paper. Once you have completed an entire page of strips, bring it back to the library. Each completed strip will be added to our Season’s Readings paper chain at the library and will be entered to win a grand prize!
Adults can participate too!  Pick up snowflakes at the Information Desk, and write the title of each book you read, plus your name and phone number on the back.  Each snowflake becomes a decoration for the desk and a ticket for the grand prize drawing–a comfy fleece blanket with the KFL embroidered on it!

Saturday, Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Oh Christmas Tree: A Community Painting Project

Between November 26 and December 2, come to the Youth Services Department to be part of a giant, community Christmas tree painting project! Any person, no matter what age, can complete a small portion of a Christmas tree mural. No painting experience is required. Participants will use washable watercolors and their fingers to paint. No registration is required.

November 23: Library Closes at 6:00 pm

TurkeyBecause of the Thanksgiving holiday, the library will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23.  The library will remain closed on Thursday, November 24 and reopen for regular hours on Friday, November 25 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines will be assessed on overdue materials.  For your convenience, items may be returned using the book drop to the left of the parking lot entrance or through the drive through.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from the KFL staff!

Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 pm: Genealogy Club

Come to this new Genealogy Club, co-sponsored by the Kent Historical Society and the Kent Free Library. The club will meet the 4th Tuesday of each month with speakers, special guests, and time for sharing your own research. In the November program, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we will explore Fold3, which provides access to Military Records. If you would like to briefly share your experience using Military Records in your own research that night, please contact the library. No registration required. For adults 18+.

Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 am – 12 pm: Paws to Read

Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade can spend 15 minutes reading with certified therapy dog, Bing! Studies have shown that reading to a therapy dog helps reading skills improve. Students who are uncomfortable reading aloud in front of other people can practice reading aloud to a nonjudgmental, appreciative listener, and take that confidence back to the classroom. Reluctant readers enjoy the added incentive of spending time with a friendly dog that appreciates the attention (although Bing has been known to fall asleep). Attendees may choose a book from the library or bring one from home. Registration is required and begins Nov. 12.